From the Blogs, September 7

07 Sep 2012

Following is a summary of recent posts from genealogy blogs that I have found interesting and informative and wanted to share them with you.

Dick Eastman writes this week on EOGN about a valuable project from George Mason University. A fire in 1800 in the War Department offices destroying many records. The project has been working to recreate the records lost in the fire. These records can be very important to genealogists. Read more about it in You Can Help Restore the Missing 18th Century Papers of the U.S. War Department.

Google Books is an important resource for genealogists. Many are unaware of a court case brought by the Author’s Guild against Google for their digitizing project. Judy Russell discusses the case and its impact in The Courts and the Orphan Works. Copyright is a very complex subject, and the outcome of the trial is far from certain. Whichever way the courts decide, there is bound to be a major impact for genealogists.

Robin Mason writes the Genealogy Ink blog. A few weeks ago she wrote an interesting post about the weather. Weather had a big impact on our ancestors. Have you heard about the Great Storm of 1635 or the Dark Day of 1780? How about the Snow Hurricane of 1804? In Ancestors Weathering the Storm, Robin discusses how to find more information about this subject.

Susan LeBlanc’s Gopher Genealogy blog discusses her genealogical research, both personal and professional. This week she talked about re-examining her research. In Updating and Comparing Your Family History Research, she talks about examining her pre-computer research with her more recent materials, and how this improved the information from both sets of materials. A valuable lesson for genealogists.

James Tanner writes about one of my pet peeves in Genealogy’s Star this week. If you are of European heritage, for the most part you are lucky if you can trace your ancestry back to the 1500s. Some people, however, believe that they can trace their ancestry back to Biblical times. In Back to Back to Adam, James explains the impossibility of this. Even experts at the Genealogy Section of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints explain that this cannot be done. Yet some people continue to propogate the fallacy.